Notable Quotes

Boarding Schools

There is still a legacy from boarding schools. All the way from a lack of parenting to feelings of oppression, to say nothing of the loss of language and culture. — Carmen Taylor, executive director of the National Indian School Board Association.

Popular Culture

Popular culture seems to represent Native Americans as these mythical beings of the past and the Heritage month activities are trying to break down those stereotypes. People should know that we aren't a monolithic group of people. We are comedians, authors, singers, and our cultures are very much alive today. — Nickole Fox

Traditions and Language

Generations have struggled to learn, despite efforts to eliminate our traditions and language. Having a strong sense of yourself and your community is a great foundation for learning. — Agnes Chavis, Lumbee

End the Holocaust

Together we can end the holocaust against the environment. — Haida Gwaiil Traditional Circle of Elders

Be Proud

Regardless of where we fit in, we need to be proud of our people. — Harry James Sr., Navajo


Everybody is so distracted by things for the self. They don’t care about their relatives anymore. The SUV shows how we feel about the environment. To turn this around, we need to go back to the earth and live with the earth spiritually. — Floyd Red Crow Westerman


Custer is said to have boasted that he could ride through the entire Sioux Nation with his Seventh Cavalry, and he was half right. He got half-way through. — Vine Deloria Jr.


Those who wish to pet and baby wildlife love them, but those who respect their natures and wish to let them live their natural lives, love them more. — Edwin Way Teale

Reaffirming Sovereignty

We have to have a sustained national sovereignty effort. We must rekindle the [National Congress of American Indians'] effort to reaffirm sovereignty.' — Tex Hall, former NCAI president 

We Have Rights

We are not as isolated and uneducated as we once were. We have lawyers; we have political rights and a special political status. No longer do we allow encroachment within our own boundaries. — Ken Davis, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa